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Qui tam is a legal term, an abbreviation of “qui tam pro domino rege quam pro seipse”, meaning “he who sues for the king as for himself”. It is associated with whistleblower laws, where an individual can bring an action against an offender, or compel the government to act. Qui tam is a provision of the Federal Civil False Claims act, allowing private citizens to file a lawsuit in the name of the U.S. Government charging fraud by government contractors and others who receive government funds, and share in any money recovered. The law was enacted by Congress to effectively identify and prosecute government procurement and program fraud and recover lost revenue resulting from the fraud.


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